How to Feng Shui Your Home
What’s good Feng Shui you say? This Ancient Chinese “art of placement” has been practised for thousands of years and is still used today for designing interiors and exteriors. Now you too can create a thoughtful and happy home by following our simple guide below.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is a practise based on how we interact with our environment. By thoughtfully arranging the position of elements around us, we can harmonise the natural flow of energy. It’s believed that if you can maintain good energy at home, it will naturally flow into other areas of your life.
Create a focal point in a room
There should be a key point of focus as you enter any room. This helps centre a room and by styling around it you can set the tone and theme for the room. For living room areas ensure the that centre of the tv screen is at eye level when seated and artwork is not hung too high.
It’s all about balance with Feng Shui. Find harmony in your home by introducing pairs of objects. Whether it be in artwork (a pair of birds, fish or butterflies are nice), ornaments, cushions, armchairs or even bedsides.
Use artwork to create a focal point of view and inject some uplifting energy into a room. For front door entrances that have short distances between door and wall, feature wall art to draw your guests inside. Hanging mirrors on these walls at entrances are considered bad Feng Shui, as the good energy is reflected out of the home. For the bedroom, choose positive and peaceful imagery for a restful night’s sleep.
Use mirrors to reflect a beautiful view into your home, whether it be an outside garden or indoor greenery. Mirrors can make a space feel much larger than it is and draw in more natural light. Position them in spaces where you feel may need an increase in energy flow. If certain rooms feel too frantic or busy, inserting a mirror into the room can create a calming and more relaxed atmosphere.
Introducing nature into the home, helps with the purity of air and creates a calming and peaceful setting. A combination of real plants and artificial plant and flowers for hard to survive areas will create positive energy and reduce stress. Decorate your potted plants in baskets and stands made from natural materials such as woven seagrass, wicker and bamboo.
Position rounded leaf plants (such as rubber plants, fiddle leaf and bamboo) at the front door, which is the mouth of Chi energy. Ward off negative energy around computers with peace lilies, ferns and palms. Use tall, mature plants in the corners of rooms with sloped ceilings or heavy exposed beams to offset the heaviness and raise a low ceiling.
Try to expose rooms to as much natural light as possible throughout the day. Keep curtains and blinds open and for darker areas and use floor or table lamps to illuminate the room. Candles are wonderful for Feng Shui in the bedroom; not only do they clear the energy but they also create a sense of calm and warmth with their soft glow and lovely scents.
Choose brighter shades and grounding colours for more active areas such as the living room and hallways. If wall colour is too much of a statement for you, then consider integrating colour through accent pieces such as throws, cushions and artwork which can be easily updated.
Neutral “skin” colours from ivory, beige, toffee and brown are suggested for bedrooms. Other calming hues such as blues and greens are also suitable for quiet rooms such as the bedroom or study.
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